The Physician Assistant Studies Department is committed to transforming patient care through equitable, evidence and team-based, patient-centered care. To this end, the department is dedicated to providing exceptional educational opportunities to develop future clinicians. Department faculty, staff and students have a strong record of professional service, advocacy and leadership and seek to enhance health care delivery through research and scholarship. The Department of Physician Assistant Studies is housed within the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences and has close ties to the Milken Institute School of Public Health. With proximity to the United States Congress, the White House, and many major medical professional organizations, the Department provides a truly unique opportunity for students and faculty to learn about and impact health care policy and practice issues facing our country.
The Department of Physician Assistant Studies currently offers two graduate level degree programs for aspiring PAs: the two-year PA program and a joint Master of Science in Health Sciences and Master of Public Health (MSHS/MPH) three-year program. The two-year program was established in 1972 and culminates with the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS). The joint degree program, launched in 1986, was the first PA program in the country to offer a Master of Public Health. The PA program has had continuous national accreditation since its inception and boasts a five-year first time PANCE pass rate of 96 percent.
The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine certificate program is designed to provide future physicians and dentists with a strong basic science foundation as well as to introduce students to important issues vital to their future roles in health care delivery. In addition to the program courses, development opportunities are provided including one-on-one mentorship, standardized test preparation, and opportunities for extra-curricular activities to enhance students' qualification for a successful medical school application.